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Fellowships to USA and Canada High School Students to Attend an Educational Summer Program in Israel

Bronfman Fellowship Grant


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Geographic Focus
Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/13/23
Deadline: 12/04/23 Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA and Canada Jewish high school students to attend an educational program in Israel during the summer. In addition to the summer experience, selected fellows will participate in a year of transformative projects, studying, and seminars. Participants meet virtually every month during the school year and in-person for seminars in the winter and spring.

Every year, twenty-six intellectually adventurous North American teenagers are selected as Bronfman Fellows. The Fellowship begins with a five-week, all-expenses-paid summer in Israel. Fellows wrestle with major issues in contemporary Jewish life, explore the land and people of Israel, meet some of today’s most influential figures, and expand their perspectives as they build community with those representing different backgrounds, worldviews, and approaches to Jewish life and practice. Inspired by a diverse faculty of Rabbis, educators, and artists, the pluralistic group of Fellows have the opportunity to explore a wide range of Jewish texts — from classic religious documents to contemporary Israeli and American voices — as well as art workshops, using them to spark conversations, engage with stimulating existential questions, and achieve a deeper understanding of themselves and one another.

The Fellowship year continues with monthly virtual experiences and a Winter and Spring seminar in the United States, usually in the Northeast. Fellows continue their association with the Fellowship through Bronfman's extraordinarily active, 1400+ alumni community. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
High school students who are in 11th grade in the fall of 2023, who self-identify as Jewish, and who are from the United States or Canada are eligible for the 2024 Fellowship.

There is no religious requirement for the program other than that you self-identify as Jewish.

The Fellowship is committed to building a community from as wide a Jewish spectrum as possible, including but not limited to diversity in religious and cultural affiliation, race, ethnicity, spiritual beliefs, place of origin, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, and political views.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Prospective applicants, parents, and educators are invited to join one of the two virtual info sessions (sign up for whichever one is more convenient). Teens are also welcome to join a Q&A session, a more informal Zoom where they can talk directly to recent Fellows.

Info Session #1: October 12, 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT – Register here:

Info Session #2: October 30, 11 pm ET/ 8 pm PT – Register here:

Q&A Session: November 13, 8 pm ET/ 5pm PT – Register here:

Pre-Application Information
- Application Opens: mid-August, 2023
- Application Deadline: December 4, 2023
- Deadline for receipt of letters of recommendation and transcript: December 6, 2023

Candidates are notified by mid-January if they will be invited to an interview, which will take place in-person.

Letters of notification are sent by email and/or postal mail by early March.

Your application must include:
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who know you well. At least one of these letters must be from a teacher. The other can be any non-relative who knows you well (including another school professional, Rabbi, employer, etc.).
- A high school transcript (through 10th grade).

For further information about the Fellowship Year:


Information session recording from Oct. 30, 2023:

Number of Grants
Each year 26 fellows are chosen.

Term of Contract
Dates for the 2024 Fellowship Year:
- Summer Seminar: June 25 – July 29, 2024
- Winter Seminar: January 23-28, 2025 (tentative)
- Spring Seminar: April 6-9, 2025

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For questions, call 518-660-3090 or email

The Bronfman Fellowship
PO Box 632
White Plains, NY 10602

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